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  • Nir Bitton: My aim is to get fully fit and fight for place in the team

    Nir Bitton: My aim is to get fully fit and fight for place in the team

    By: Joe Donnelly on 06 Jan, 2019 10:01

  • A KNEE injury and subsequent surgery sidelined Hoops midfielder Nir Bitton in February last year. However, the 27-year-old has now put several months of rehabilitation behind him, returned to training, and wants to fight for his place in the Celtic starting XI.

    “It’s tough staying positive, especially when you get a long-term injury,” Bitton told the Celtic View, before travelling to the team’s winter training camp in Dubai. “Sometimes people don’t understand, sometimes people take the simple things in life for granted.

    "It was only after getting this injury that I realised I need to appreciate every single minute on the training pitch, every single minute on the pitch, because in one moment you can lose everything, and you can do nothing about it.

    “From here, I’ll put the injury behind me, and my main focus is to get back to full fitness now, have a good time in Dubai with the team, to get back into shape, get some thorough training sessions in.

    "After the winter break, I’ll keep pushing, keep training hard, and hopefully I’ll get some game time, and hopefully we’ll win some more trophies this season."

    The Scottish champions head into the winter break top of the SPFL table with a game in-hand, and having played nine games in December alone, will use the time to recharge and return stronger

    Speaking of the values of the training camp itself, Bitton said: “Dubai is a good opportunity for us to get in a good week of training, but also to recharge the batteries for the second-half of the season. We’ve travelled to Dubai for two years running now, and it’s helped us prepare for the next part of the season on both occasions.

    "If we get a good week of sessions now, we’ll be back to what we know and what we do best, and that’s to win games and to win trophies.”

    Read our full exclusive interview with Nir Bitton ONLY in next week's Celtic View. On sale from Wednesday, January 9. 

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